Second Chances…

December 15, 2017

What do a man who had the husband of a woman he wanted killed, another who had murdered Christians, another murderer,  another who wasted his youth on

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

wine, women and song, and another who denied he knew Jesus have in common?

They all got second chances.

King David had the husband of a woman he fell in love with transferred to the front line of a battle in hopes that he would be killed.  When he died he took her for his wife.

Moses murdered an Egyptian.

Saul stood by and held the cloaks of the people stoning St. Stephen, the first martyr and later was rounding up Christians to have them killed.

St. Augustine spent his early life in partying.

St. Peter denied knowing Jesus when he was arrested.

King David went on to write the Psalms.  Moses led the Jews out of slavery.  Saul became Saint Paul who is credited with much of the writing in the New Testament.  St. Augustine became a Doctor of the Church who clarified much of our theology.  St. Peter became the first Pope.  If these men were alive today they would have been judged in the court of public opinion as unfit for any public office.  Yet they went on to do great things in building up the Church.

Who among us has not been given a second chance?  Who among us dares to throw the first stone?  Who among us is so innocent as to not have any skeletons in our closet?  The door is always open to all of us to become better people.  It seems that God is a person who always paves the way for us to repent and start over, living the way he instructed us in the Ten Commandments and Sermon on the Mount.

Probably none us will be a King David, Moses, St. Paul, St. Augustine, or St. Peter.  Yet every one of us, like them, can repent of things we’ve done that may be keeping us from experiencing the true joy of becoming the person God intended.  As one person said, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven!”  God is waiting to give you a second chance.

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